Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne highlight the week's new musical releases and other fun music-related stuff. We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11 am, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB's Mid-Day Music and Our Roots Are Showing programs, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases. Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm.
All of these cool new releases are available as thank-you gifts to our KRCB Radio 91 Fall Fundraiser supporters at the $60 level...
Gary Clark Jr.: The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
To sum up Gary Clark Jr. is more challenging every day. He's a musical universe unto himself, expanding at a nearly immeasurable rate, ever more hard to define—as a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter, and engagingly soulful singer. He became the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance—"Please Come Home" (from the album Blak And Blu). Rolling Stone dubbed Clark "The King of the Summer Festivals" as he captivated audiences from Coachella to Glastonbury, Lollapalooza to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, from Metallica's Orion Festival to Jay-Z's Made in America, and of course his hometown Austin City Limits Festival, where he and his band set a daytime attendance record.
Beirut: No No No
The first collection of new material from Beirut since 2011's well received Rip Tide. Coming four years after Rip Tide, and recorded over a two week period during one of the coldest New York winters—with blizzard after blizzard raging outside—No No No is Condon's most vibrant and spirited record to date.
Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts of Love
Shemekia returns to Alligator with a new release celebrating her continuing mastery of roots music styles from blues and soul to rock and Americana. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons (guitar on a smoldering version of "Jesus Just Left Chicago"), Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Will Kimbrough guest, but it's Shemekia and her commanding vocals that dominate the performances on new original material, plus songs by John Fogerty, Albert King, Jesse Winchester, Jessie Mae Hemphill and her father, Johnny Copeland.
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck: Two
Two CD release. Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders, meet once again in an historic duet of piano and banjo. This live album combines Corea and Fleck's classic tunes with the music from their Grammy-winning album The Enchantment! With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this album captures the casual, intimate playing by both legends from different musical worlds.
Shannon & the Clams: Gone by the Dawn
The newest Shannon and the Clams album is their best work to date. The music is complex, the lyrical content is emotionally raw and honest, and the production is the strangest it's ever been. The album was written as one member was recovering from a serious breakup and another was deep in one. The lyrics reflect it, and the entire album is dripping with sadness, pain, and introspection. Gone By The Dawn was produced by Sonny Smith.
Ben Folds: So There
Ben Folds music has taken another turn, firmly embracing strings and chamber music yet still maintaining a passion for his love of pop. So There will consist of eight chamber pop songs with the very talented yMusic Ensemble, a critically acclaimed classical sextet from New York who helped Ben bridge his pop/chamber rock songs with the concerto. In 2013, he composed "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" to critical acclaim. Since then, Ben has continued his global symphony performance quest. So There features that concerto along with a host of new songs that overlap pop and classical worlds with a fresh, exciting sound he has dubbed "chamber rock."